The Courage of Edward Said
There are few other examples in the 20th century where a renowned intellectual lived out what he actually wrote in his books. Today's establishment academia has sadly sided with professionalizing their tradecraft at the cost of their responsibility to the public good. In an ethos sickeningly obsessed with profit over people and anything else including the very things required for our very survival, the intellectual must take-up Said's example: to live the way you write and research geared for the benefit of all people and not just corporations or private, personal interest. It's time we change that and create or a healthier ethos in which we live by a different value--a different life.
Here's a quote from Said that GCAS' researcher, Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman pointed out to me. I should mention that Samantha not only graduated from Columbia University but has been a core organizer of GCAS (along with over 60 others) from its very inception. Thank you, Sam!